CUHK on hiring spree for rising stars; The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been on a headhunting mission in advance of the possible retirement of 200 to 250 teaching staff

CUHK on hiring spree for rising stars
Friday, February 07, 2014
The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been on a headhunting mission in advance of the possible retirement of 200 to 250 teaching staff.

Provost Benjamin Wah Wan-sang said recruitment began last November and the university plans to hire between 30 and 40 professors and associate professors in total.

He said the university was targeting rising stars aged 45 to 55 to fill the upcoming vacancies and to improve the quality of research.

“There is still competition between universities for such talents,” Wah said at a spring reception yesterday.

This is especially the case with mainland universities, while some institutions in Singapore are prepared to pay 50 percent over the going rate, he said. “We cannot afford such sums.”

But he added that the university may throw in some additional benefits such as subsidies for their children to study in international schools.

Meanwhile, the 500- to 600-bed private hospital the university is building at the car park of the MTR University station, is expected to open in 2018, according to pro-vice chancellor Fok Tai- fai.

The hospital will have 200 doctors who will also teach medical students, and will not compete with the Hospital Authority for manpower. The university will also have an Integrated Medical Center, opening next month, combining Chinese and Western medicine, and will focus on diseases such as diabetes, women’s health and chronic pain.

The university’s Shenzhen campus will start recruiting the first batch of 300 students next month. Classes will beginning in September after approval is received from the mainland education authority.

CUHK Shenzhen president Xu Yangsheng revealed that some of the courses to be offered are not available in Hong Kong such as biology information, new energy and engineering, and design and manufacturing.

Xu assured students will enjoy academic freedom, when asked if sensitive topics like June 4 could be discussed.



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